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March 26, 2013

Residents lobby for chicken law


Tonawanda News — In response, Jim Byrnes, of Keats Avenue, said he would be more worried about living in the town if the environmental issues are, in fact, serious enough to warrant concern about the raising of chickens.

Byrnes also brought up the Erie County Farm’s Bureau’s Right to Farm Law, which, according to the bureau’s chairman, Hans. J. Mobius, the town has not instituted. 

“Twenty-three towns in the county have the law,” Mobius said. “Only two are lef ... Cheektowaga and the town, who have so far, just turned us down.”

Under the law, the Right to Farm Committee would resolve disputes over various farming issues in all of the county’s municipalities. It “acknowledges farming as an important component of a town and helps to allow farming to proceed.” 

“This law allows farmers more latitude on operations but does not allow or encourage practices that are negligent, reckless or do not conform to other local, state and federal laws,” a statement from the farm bureau reads.  

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board called for a hearing on rezoning a portion of the Colvin-Eggert Plaza for the construction of an automotive center. 

Board member John Bargnesi said the project will involve renovation of the old I-290 ramp in the front of the plaza that is no longer being used.

“It’s a good project,” Bargnesi said. “It’s going to address that area and clean it up.” 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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